The week in broadcasts

We round up the best TV and radio classical music broadcasts of the coming week

 The week in broadcasts

What: Saturday Classics – Jess Gillam
When: Saturday 17 February, 1-2pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

2016 BBC Young Musician finalist and saxophonist Jess Gillam chooses music by her favourite composers and performers, including Stravinsky, Philip Glass, Richard Strauss, Jurt Will, Mahler, John Harle, Michael Nyman and Stan Getz.


What: Artists in Love – Richard Wagner and Cosima Liszt-D’agoult
When: Saturday 17 February, 2.30-3.30pm
Where: Sky Arts

Samantha Morton tells the story of the romance between Richard Wagner and Liszt’s daughter Cosima, who became Wagner’s second wife.


What: The Listening Service – Debussy
When: Sunday 18 January, 5-5.30pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Tom Service is ruminating on whether or not Claude Debussy can be considered an Impressionist. The composer is often being associated with the style in his more popular works, such as Claire de lune and La mer. Tom will discuss how he was actually a much more varied composer, showing traits of modernism, particularly in his abstract, nightmarish opera Pelléas et Mélisande.


What: Lunchtime Concert from Wigmore Hall
When: Monday 19 February, 1-2pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

A recommendation from Alan Davey, controller of BBC Radio 3: ‘Bass-baritone Ashley Riches, a Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pairs up with pianist Joseph Middleton for a Lunchtime Concert that explores animal-inspired works, including Vernon Duke’s humorous song-cycle Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo.’

Schubert Die Forelle, D550, Die Vögel, D69, Der Alpenjäger, D588
Fauré Le papillon et la fleur, Op. 1 Mo. 1
Saint-Saëns La coccinelle
Massanet La mort de la cigale
Ravel Histoires naturelles
Duke Ogen Nash’s Musical Zoo.


What: Composer of the Week: Dowland and His Legacy
When: Tuesday 20 February, 12-1pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Radio 3’s Composer of the Week is the English Renaissance composer John Dowland. The simplicity of his melodic lines are still inspiring performers and composers today. Although he failed to obtain an appointment at the English court, he was a highly skilled lutenist and his playing was valued abroad, which resulted in him being offered a position at the Court of Christian IV of Denmark where he was one of the highest paid members of the household. Donald Macleod explores this part of his life, a time in which he was able to spread his wings as a composer and performer.


What: Radio 3 in Concert
When: Wednesday 21 February, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Percussionist Colin Currie joins forces with the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester under the baton of their Chief Guest Conductor John Storgårds, to perform Simon Holt’s unique and immersive percussion concerto ‘a table of noises’. The concerto, composed in 2007, takes inspiration from Holt’s great uncle, who worked as a taxidermist. The instruments on the table are reimagined in the various percussion instruments used. In the second half of the concert, the orchestra will perform Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, with its equally immersive and vibrant sound-world.

Simon Holt ‘a table of noises’
Mahler Symphony No. 7


What: LSO – Sir Simon Rattle conducts Delage, Ravel and Dutilleux
When: Thursday 22 February, 6-7.45am
Where: Sky Arts

The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by music director Sir Simon Rattle, perform a uniquely French programme, featuring works by Delage, Ravel and Dutilleux. Recorded in January 2016, the concert features soloists Leonidas Kavakos and Julia Bullock. Kavakos will perform Henri Dutilleux’s violin concerto L’arbre des songes, which translates as ‘The tree of dreams’. The piece takes inspiration from the process of growth and renewal in nature. American soprano Julia Bullock shines in Maurice Delage’s Quatre poèmes hindous (‘Four Hindu poems), a work originally written for a chamber ensemble of two flutes, oboe, two clarinets, harp and string quartet. It was written by Delage on a visit to India, so combines melodic and rhythmic features of Indian music within the language of Western tonality.

Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin, Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Dutilleux L’arbre des songes, Métaboles
Delage Quatre poèmes hindous


What: Radio 3 in Concert
When: Friday 23 February, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Live from Victoria Hall in Hanley, Radio 3 bring us a concert by the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Ilan Volkov. They are joined by cellist Guy Johnston as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

Ravel Mother Goose Suite
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, op. 33
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Read this month's issue of BBC Music Magazine for more TV and radio listings throughout the week.

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